Taking storage intelligence “outside the box”

Do you have a certain word or phrase that every time you hear it is the equivalent of nails on a chalkboard? Sometimes publications, such as TIME magazine, will actually publish a list of banished words or phrases that the nation is simply sick of hearing. In case you were interested, recent lists have included over-publicized terms such as selfie, YOLO (you only live once), and literally (when you really mean figuratively). For me the term that—figuratively—brings tears to my eyes whenever I hear it is “outside the box.”

The original premise for that phrase was so promising: take a seemingly intractable problem and look at it from a different perspective or from a different point of view to find a creative solution. Through over use, however, the idea of outside the box thinking became both trivialized and a bit insulting. Have a problem? Try thinking outside the box. Didn’t work? Oh well, good luck then. It takes a considerable amount of work and effort to find and create unique perspectives and look at problems in new ways. The source of my frustration is that the overuse of the phrase trivialized the hard work that it takes to truly find new perspectives. So what does this have to do with enterprise storage?

Topics: Storage migration storage management cloud storage virtualized storage systems storage virtualization

The Future of Network Security in the Data Center – Flexible, Distributed, and Virtual

Think of a modern enterprise data center. There are likely hundreds of physical servers hosting thousands of VMs. Individual systems are connected via 10gbE links that likely feed 40gb cores. Local data centers connect over DWDM, remote data centers use MPLS, and cloud data centers chat amongst each other over high-speed VPNs.

Topics: Network Security Endpoint & Application Virtualization IT Infrastructure Networking Security and Privacy data center migration

Businesses Report Significant Use of Desktop Virtualization Technology

Desktop virtualization is an alternative PC delivery model in which applications, operating systems, user data, profiles, and/or entire end-user environments are encapsulated and delivered to or executed on a remote endpoint device. The various desktop virtualization delivery models allow for centralized management, hosting, and/or execution, as well as syncing capabilities that enable local execution on an endpoint device.

Topics: Cloud Computing End-User Computing Endpoint & Application Virtualization endpoint mobile mobile device desktop virtualization migration

Microsoft Hyper-V 3.0 Shared Nothing Live Migration

Now that Microsoft Windows Server 2012 has been officially named, it is time to start homing in on what's new and what matters. One of the features sure to get plenty of early attention is Shared Nothing Live Migration. A common observation and rising challenge IT pros share with me is the sheer cost and volume of storage that server virtualization is creating. Couple that with the fact that the majority of their implementations are focused on cost reduction and resource containment and it makes for some serious head scratching. Virtualization leaders are less likely to be facing this challenge, but they also make up the smallest portion of the market. So here comes Microsoft with Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V 3.0 arming IT pros with an alternative to investing in networked storage, still have live migration and remain focused on the number one benefit of virtualization - cost reduction and resource consolidation. Here's what it looks like:

Topics: Microsoft IT Infrastructure Private Cloud Infrastructure Networking Compute migration Server Virtualization